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Day 30 – “Hey Hey” by The Graves

August 8, 2011 1 comment


And if you sing along with us, better give it all you’ve got!

And with this video, we come to the end of our 30 day journey. I hope you had as much fun watching these videos as we did making them. The amount of support and talent that has come out of this project is overwhelming.

At first we had some difficulty deciding what to do for this band that’s based way out West. Eventually I came up with this. This song is quite an anthem and I figured it would be a nice way to bring all of our artists together. Please enjoy “Hey Hey” by The Graves.

Once again, I’d like to thank all the artists and filmmakers who participated in this project.

Hey Hey
The Graves
Project 30 in 30
Graves footage shot by Christian Fortune

Featuring the artists of Project 30 in 30: Auzriel, Afterquake, Brother Han, Chi’ Akai, Conrad Korsch, Cut Your Teeth, Dead Geoff, Emily Kinney, Fatty Acid, Genesis Be, The Graves, Jonny B. Goodman and the Area Men, Matt roi Berger, Melissa Lusk, Miles Megaciph, The Slackers, Superhuman Happiness, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Tri-State Conspiracy, What Katie Said Last Night

Filmmakers: Rocka Bennett, Steph Ching, Joe Del Balzo, David Dubuc, Jorge A Garza, Pamela Karp, Katie Kelley, Max S Pham, Michael Raynes, Jeff Brink, Praveen Elankumaran, Christian Fortune, John McMinn, Spencer Shangkuan, Cory Stambler, Richard Trammell, Justin Chan, Kevin Chew, Ellen Martinez, Patrick Ng, Jacqueline Sia, Orlando Suazo, William J Hopper and Robinson Deckert.

If you’d like to find out more about working with any of these artists (musicians or filmmakers) or seeing what they’re up to now, shoot us an email at project30in30@gmail.com OR you can click through our  Musicians and Filmmakers pages.

There is so much amazing work to come out of these artists – Project 30 in 30 has only shown you a small sampling.

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Day 3 – “Chinese Recess” by Afterquake

July 12, 2011 2 comments

In exactly one month from today I’ll be heading back to the earthquake zone in Beichuan, Sichuan to re-visit the village of Deng Jia Xiang. The children featured in this video are elementary school kids who were attending classes in a “ban fang” or metal room which was basically a couple steps below your typical Katrina FEMA-trailer. Through the generous donations of our supporters and our Sichuan Relief Mission team members, we have been able to raise enough money to build a more permanent school building for these kids. The remaining funds will go towards a scholarship fund for the middle school and high school students who must attend boarding school in a town more than 4 hours away from home.

Of course there is much left to be done in the area but it will be interesting to see the changes it has gone through in the last year and half since we last visited. If anything it’ll be great to see how these children have grown.

I’ve said this many times before but SRM is an organization that is especially close to me. It was such an honor to create this music video for Afterquake (Abigail Washburn and The Shanghai Restoration Project’s collaboration), to work with music created specifically for the region and the cause and to share some of the amazing images of the place with all of you.

This video comes as a preview of our documentary film about the incredible people we’ve met along the way. For more about the film (which we’ll be shooting for next month), visit the Sichuan Relief Mission website.


Chinese Recess
Afterquake (Abigail Washburn + The Shanghai Restoration Project)
Edited by Jacqueline Sia
With footage shot by Yanxing Cao, Zao Wang, Steph Ching and Spencer Shangkuan
Special thanks to Kevin Wong and the rest of the Sichuan Relief Mission

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8PM tonight, It’s going DOWN! (At Katra Lounge!)

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Tonight’s the night! Just a reminder that the event begins at 8pm at Katra Lounge (217 Bowery). Get ready for some great music, awesome videos, fun people and sweet drink specials (2 for 1 drinks – NO COVER). We’ll even be premiering a couple never before seen videos. What better way to spend a Tuesday night?

This is a FREE event showcasing talented musicians, filmmakers and producers of EVERY music genre. Be there! Or be… you know the rest 🙂

See you then!

Featuring the music of:

Afterquake (Abigail Washburn + The Shanghai Restoration Project)
Auzriel
Brother Han
Chi’ Akai
Conrad Korsch
Cut Your Teeth
Dead Geoff
Emily Kinney
Fatty Acid
Genesis Be
The Graves
Jonny B Goodman and the Area Men
Matt roi Berger
Melissa Lusk
Miles Megaciph
The Slackers
Superhuman Happiness
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
Tri-State Conspiracy
What Katie Said Last Night

Video #2 – “Chinese Recess” by Afterquake

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Despite the small hiccup with youtube being down for a while, we are still on track with Project 30 in 30.

“Chinese Recess” by Afterquake (Abigail Washburn and the Shanghai Restoration Project)

It is my absolute pleasure to debut this video for you all. As I’d said before, Sichuan relief is a cause near and dear to my heart and I’m so glad to finally be able to announce Afterquake’s part in Project 30 in 30.

In May of 2008, a devastating earthquake hit China causing tremors all throughout the country and wreaking havoc particularly in Sichuan province. The areas of Wenchuan and Beichuan (a promising and beautiful city with the best high schools in the nation) were especially hit hard. Almost 70,000 died in the quake and aftermath – many of whom were students.

The next year, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the village of Deng Jia Xiang in Beichuan county with the not-for-profit organization, Sichuan Relief Mission – a small group of volunteers made up mostly of NYU students studying abroad in Shanghai for the semester. While we were there, we met some of the warmest people and heard some of the most incredible stories of survival, anger, hope, and strength. We returned this January and while there is still so much to be done, the transformation from 8 months prior had been tremendous. It was absolutely one of the most life-impacting experiences I’ve ever had.

After the earthquake, folk singer/songwriter Abigail Washburn and electronic music producer Dave Liang of Shanghai Restoration Project took a small crew to Sichuan to visit the victims and recorded the moving experimental music piece, Afterquake in order to raise funds for Sichuan Quake Relief and to raise awareness of the situation. Having shared our experiences of the trip with each other, it is clear that this is a cause that is so personal to Abigail and Dave – to make a video for one of their songs was an honor.

This video shows footage of the students we worked with while in DJX for a documentary about the people we’ve met. The doc is directed by Spencer Shangkuan and features photography from various members of the Sichuan Relief Mission. This video was edited by one of our core team members, Jacqueline Sia.

Currently we are raising money to build a school in DJX, and planning on returning this coming winter. Thanks to Kevin Wong and the rest of the Sichuan Relief Mission.

This is The Shanghai Restoration Project

October 1, 2010 Leave a comment


It’s my honor to welcome Shanghai Restoration Project to Project 30 in 30!

I first heard SRP coincidentally, when I was in Shanghai. May I also add, one of the most appropriate names ever. Producer Dave Liang and his team of musicians (including Natural Fact, DEZ, Amos Winbush, Heath Brandon and more) have created one of the most innovative fusions of East and West I’ve ever heard. Inspired by 1930s Shanghai jazz, traditional Chinese instruments and today’s hiphop/electronica, SRP has a sound that you cannot stop listening to. The influences are at extreme ends of the spectrum and the marriage works beautifully.

With roots in jazz, Dave is an insanely talented pianist and the live shows are always memorable featuring live mixing/remixing, jazz, projections on screen and a cast of talent that really loves what they’re doing. Plus the guy is one of the most approachable independent music producers around and passionate about all side projects including Afterquake which focuses on relief work in a region near and dear to my own heart (but maybe more on that later).

For now, get ready for an animated video with a new spin on an old classic. Song featuring the hauntingly beautiful voice of Di Johnston.